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sapsTimesLive reports that Gauteng police said that they would be maintaining a "strong presence" in the Sandton CBD on Friday after clashes between Uber drivers and metered taxi drivers on Thursday night.  

Two Uber vehicles and a metered taxi vehicle were torched.  Gauteng police spokesperson Captain Mavela Masondo said:  "The situation is calm at the moment.  As for now‚ there will be police officers until things are back to normal."  No arrests have been made and police investigations will continue.  Speaking to eNCA on Friday morning‚ Uber general manager Jonathan Ayache condemned the violence and called on the police to step in.  Also on Friday‚ Minister of Transport Joe Maswanganyi denounced acts of violence and said:  "Perpetrators of violence and intimidation will be immediately dealt with in terms of the applicable laws.”  He called on operators to obtain the correct licencing as “anyone who operates a public transport service for reward without an Operating Licence will be violating the law."

  • Read this report by Jan Bornman in full at TimesLive

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